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People Are Saying They're Currently Suffering From 'The Worst Cold Ever'

Claire Reid

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People Are Saying They're Currently Suffering From 'The Worst Cold Ever'

Brits are complaining that they've been whacked with the 'worst cold ever' that is seemingly doing the rounds.

With life starting to return to normal in the UK and people heading back to university, work and onto public transport there appears to have been a steep rise in the number of people picking up head colds - and many of them are claiming this year, it's 'worse than ever.'

In fact, social media is flooded with people who say they've been left feeling dreadful while others have been carrying out lateral flow tests to double-check that they've not picked up Covid.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

Posting on Twitter, one woman wrote: "This is legit the worst cold/flu I've ever had, feel like I've been hit with a bus."

Another said: "Feeling rough as hell and can absolutely confirm this is the worst 'cold' I have ever had in my 46 years!"

A third poorly Twitter user wrote: "That's what had me nearly phone an ambulance at 5am on Saturday. Worst cold I ever had."

Someone else tweeted: "My girlfriend has the worst cold she's ever had. Has completely knocked her sideways. Luckily I had a sore throat for a couple of days, but nothing else. Both tested for Covid yesterday, result just came back negative."

And it's not just anecdotally, a GP told BBC's Newsbeat that she's seen the number of colds rise in recent weeks and that it's most likely due to the fact that people are mixing more now restrictions have been lifted.

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Credit: Alamy

Dr Philippa Kaye, who lives in London, told the news outlet: "We've actually been seeing a rise in the number of coughs and colds and viral infections.

"We are mixing in a way that we haven't been mixing over the past 18 months.

"During those first lockdowns, we saw numbers of other [non-Covid] infections fall. We think that that was primarily due to the restrictions on meeting up."

If you are feeling under the weather, you should get a PCR test if you experience any of the three main symptoms of Covid - a new and continuous cough, a temperature above 37.8C or a change to your sense of taste or smell - you can find out more information here.

However, if it's just a common cold you've picked up, Dr Kaye says it can most likely be managed at home and recommends 'loads of fluids and rest, over-the-counter simple painkillers for headaches and aches and pains'.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: UK News

Claire Reid
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